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Removing the barriers

Choosing to undergo bariatric weight loss surgery is a big decision. It’s important to get the facts necessary to make an informed decision about your options for weight loss. The Bariatric Care Center at Ellis Medicine has performed more weight loss procedures than anyone else in the region. Our team is always here to answer your questions and provide education and support during your journey to better health. Below are some of the common concerns or hesitations we hear from people considering surgery, as well as some of the advice we offer.

“I may be heavy, but I’m still healthy.”

While you may feel healthy today, carrying excess weight puts you at an increased risk of developing serious conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea and others. If you suffer from any of these conditions, or have a BMI of 35 or more, your physician can help you assess your risks, and how you could benefit from bariatric care.

“My family or friends won’t support my decision to have surgery.”

Sometimes our loved ones or friends have a hard time understanding our attempts to lose weight. One of the benefits of choosing the Bariatric Care Center at Ellis Medicine is the support and sense of community we offer every patient. From your first meeting with us, you’ll meet caring, involved professionals and patients, like yourself, who will stand behind you and help you on your journey. In-person and online support groups ensure that you have the peer-to-peer support and guidance you need to at every step, from the very beginning and throughout your health journey.

“I can lose weight on my own.”

Most of our patients have been successful losing weight through diet or exercise, but the results are usually temporary. They lose 20 pounds, and then gain back more. Bariatric surgery offers a safe, effective way to lose weight, and keep it off, to improve your quality of life.


“Surgery is too dangerous.”

Bariatric surgery, like any operation, carries risks for complications, but the risk of death associated with bariatric surgery is low; less than one-half of one percent (0.5%). The surgery will change the way your body digests and absorbs food, so following recommended nutritional and exercise guidelines is important to achieve the best results. However, when combined with a comprehensive treatment plan, weight loss surgery has been shown to relieve chronic conditions and improve your quality of life.

“I’m not healthy enough to undergo a major surgery.”

The team at the Bariatric Care Center at Ellis Medicine is here to help you improve your overall health. We offer nutrition and exercise plans to help you start losing weight, even before surgery. This step alone can provide significant health benefits, and is a great start to your weight loss journey. After surgery, you’ll have access to a nutritionist to help you find what works for you, as well as in-person and online support groups to share tips and guidance.

“My doctor hasn’t suggested bariatric surgery.”

Your doctor may be managing medical conditions related to obesity, but not addressing the underlying cause. While weight loss is one of the simplest ways to improve health, it’s also difficult for your doctor to affect without a comprehensive program. That’s where Ellis Medicine can help. We encourage you to talk to your doctor about the benefits of bariatric care.

“My health insurance won’t cover elective surgery.”

Since the government now considers obesity to be a disease, most insurance carriers, including Medicare, will cover bariatric procedures for qualified patients. Ellis Medicine is also developing financing options to help those without insurance coverage. Learn more about financing options for weight loss surgery.